Cassiodorus, Explanation of the Psalms - Vol. 3

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without feeling. The glory of our Lord is worshipped and proclaimed everywhere. So with God's help let us most eagerly seek out the virtues of the psalms, since they both reveal themselves to the faithful and always conceal themselves from unbelievers.


COMMENTARY ON PSALM 114

Alleluia. This solemn and genuine admonition rouses us from our sleep in this world, and like some spiritual cock compels us to attend to the works of the faithful. Let us hear this holy utterance, follow the devoted command, and abandon what is ungodly; for praise of the Lord is worthy activity and a reward for toils, since nothing sweeter can be uttered and nothing more wholesome regularly performed.


Division of the Psalm

The prophet has been rescued from the deep pit of sins. While he still stands on the rock of mercy, he gives thanks in the first section because he knows that he has been heard, and he attests that he has successfully invoked the Lord in the face of all death's dangers. In the second section he again cries to the Lord, so that now freed he may attain the eternal rest which he guarantees is to be granted to the faithful by the Lord's gift.


Explanation of the Psalm

I. I have loved, because the Lord has heard the voice of my prayer. We know that the Lord's love comes to men under two heads. The first is when He is loved and praised even by the unfaithful for the benefits He has bestowed; as we read of the sinner in another psalm: He will praise thee when thou shalt do well to him. 1 The other is the most certain and perfect, when the mind of one devoted to Him is cast down by no adversity caused by the ills befalling him, but in his love of the Lord is

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